My latest therapy cat visit was exceptionally exhauting! Probably because one of the places we visit at this hospital was full of very loud children. It’s called the Rainbow Room, and usually the kids are much quieter, but not this time. There was one boy crying up a storm. I don’t know what was bothering him, but I really, really wanted to help him feel better. He wasn’t interested, though, and I was kind of sad about that. Other kids were more interested in me, though, and I posed for photos with them.
The other team was newer. The dog was a beagle named Cali (for California), and she isn’t around cats usually. Once she got used to having me around, though, she wasn’t really interested in me. That’s a really good thing for a therapy dog. A coach I hadn’t met before accompanied them, to help them get their hospital badges. While they were doing that, I visited a waiting room all by myself (well, my human was along too). Then I met up with them for the rest of the visits.
The last area of the hospital we visited was Pediatrics, and both Cali and I spent time with an older boy who was alone. Cali went first and her human placed her on the bed. When she was done, I took my turn and did my usual thing — making happy paws and purring. (I actually purred for most of my whole time at the hospital today.) The coach and Cali’s human thought that was pretty cool. Cali’s human asked if I did that at home, and my human laughed! “No, I’m not sick!” she said. “She only does that for the patients.” And it’s true. I enjoy being a healer.
Aside from the patients, I also visited with a lot of hospital employees. One security guard remembered me, and even had a photo of me on his phone from Christmastime! I knew it was around Christmas because I was wearing my holiday tie. Isn’t that cool?
After I got home and had dinner, I napped on the bed for most of the evening. That’s rare for me. Usually I’m pretty energetic after a therapy cat visit. Of course, I got up and was ready for action right about the time my human wanted to go to bed!